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Agri-News – RTW this Week – Feb 18/14

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Top Items from Agronomy Update 2014

Over 30 presentations on a wide variety of topics related to crop production were made at the recent Agronomy Update conference. The presentations provided information on crop pests, weed control, soil fertility, new crop options, grain storage and marketing. Mark Cutts, crop specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, provides a review of some of the discussion areas.

 Click to read more in Agri-News. >

Tuscan Wedding Soup with Chicken Meatballs

Nothing says comfort like a bowl of hearty chicken soup. This Tuscan Wedding Soup is delicious and easy to prepare! This is just one of the great chicken recipes available on the Alberta Chicken Producers website.

 Click here for this recipe. >


Compost Degradation of Livestock Mortalities

Have you wondered if composting can be a suitable procedure for common livestock mortalities? To find out, join Tim Reuter, a beef molecular biologist with Alberta Agriculture, for the February 19 webinar, part of the Winter Webinar Series. Click here for informaiton on the Winter Webinar series and how to register.

 Click to listen to what Reuter has to say about composting livestock mortalities. >



Implications of the Latest USDA Supply Demand Report

The USDA has released its February supply demand report. Charlie Pearson, market analyst with Alberta Agriculture, talks about what the report means for Alberta farmers.

 Click to hear what Pearson has to say. >

What’s New in Ag Information

2014 Information Catalogue Now Available

Alberta Agriculture’s 2014 Information Catalogue lists over 600 free and priced books, DVD videos and CD-ROMs that are distributed through the department’s publications office. These materials provide up-to-date information on a wide range of agricultural subjects.

 Click for more news in Agri-News. >


Alberta Regional Variety Testing Program

The Alberta Regional Variety Testing Program provides cereal, flax and pulse crops growers with comprehensive comparative data on new cultivars.


Alex Fedko, program coordinator, provides details


Understanding Variety Data

Alex Fedko, program coordinator, discusses how to understand the Alberta Regional Variety Testing Program data and exactly how that data is generated. Three new variety factsheets are now available through Alberta Agriculture’s website:


 Click to hear what Fedko has to say. >

Farm Fresh School

If you’re interested in fruit or vegetable production or direct marketing, the Farm Fresh School is an excellent opportunity to learn more. Krista Miller, executive director of the Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Association (AFFPA), discusses the different streams at the school. The Farm Fresh School is February 27 and 28 in Olds. For more information, call Alberta Farm Fresh Producers at 1-800-661-2642, or visit the AFFPA website.

 Click here to listen to the Call of the Land interview. >

Effects of Stacking Agronomic Practices on Wheat Cultivars

Sheri Strydhorst, agronomy research scientist with Alberta Agriculture, says one aspect of the stacking agronomic practices research project was comparing different wheat cultivars and wheat classes.

 Click here to listen to the Call of the Land interview. >

Barley Council of Canada (BCC) Elects Executive at First AGM

Executives for the Barley Council of Canada (BCC) are now in place, representing all sectors of the value-chain. The BCC held the election at its first annual general meeting on February 12, 2014 in Calgary. The Board and membership officially elected Brian Otto of Western Barley Growers Association as president and chair and Chantelle Donahue of Cargill Canada as vice-president and vice-chair.

 Click here for further information and Board of Directors list. >


Detection of PEDv in Manitoba / Montana

PEDv has now been detected at one location in Manitoba and two locations in Montana. With cases of PEDv already reported in 24 U.S. states, 13 cases confirmed in Ontario and one in PEI, the threat to Alberta’s pork industry is significant and growing daily. The case in Manitoba and two cases in Montana are of particular concern given the proximity to Alberta and the amount of traffic back and forth, including family and friends who visit from those locations.

 Click here to read more from Alberta Pork. >

Are Your Cows Efficient Enough

With the prospects of better calf prices this year, efficiency, refining production output and costs, within the cow herd becomes more important as owners seek to expand profit margins.

 Click here for details in Agri-News. >

Stable Standards of Operation Manual Available for Public Comment

The Alberta Stables Initiative (ASI) has announced the launch of the public comment period on the draft Standards of Operation Manual for stables. The draft can be viewed and submissions made online until March 4, 2014. All stable owners, operators, managers, stable staff and clients are encouraged to provide input.

 Click to read more in Agri-News. >

Research Team Looks to Create Effective Vaccine for Preventing Johne’s Disease

Despite being one of the most troublesome diseases in the dairy industry, no vaccines for Johne’s disease are registered in Canada.  Johne’s disease transmission is avoided through best practices and mitigation strategies; however, a research team is looking to find a way around the various obstacles that prevent effective Johne’s vaccination, with the help of funding from the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) and Alberta Milk.

 To learn more, please click here to read ALMA’s latest information bulletin. >


Profitability — Are You Making Money

For a farm business to be profitable, it must be providing a reasonable return to the farm operator for the capital that has been invested, and not just moving cash. In any business, profit is NOT a dirty word. Without profit, you are out of business as soon as your equity runs out or when the business becomes insolvent.

 Click here for more information in Agri-News. >

Pick a Business Solution That FITS

Twenty-five jars of strawberry jam, 15 varieties of fresh vegetables, a complete line of frozen lamb cuts and two cases of pickled carrots. How do you keep track of everything and still find time to make new products? It’s easy with the Food Inventory, Tracking and Sales (FITS) system.

 Click for more from Agri-News. >

Growing Forward 2

Well Pit Conversions

Darcy Talma, agricultural water specialist with Alberta Agriculture talks about well pit conversions.


For more information on the Growing Forward 2 program, call the Ag Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276), or visit the Growing Forward 2 website.


Food & Ag Processing

Best Practices in Marketing Healthy Food Products

Ava Duering, competitiveness analyst with Alberta Agriculture’s Food and Health Unit, talks about some of the best practices and success factors identified in a case study based on 27 companies that received marketing and advertising effectiveness awards. The Food and Health Unit and Growing Forward are hosting a free presentation in Edmonton on March 10. The presentation will focus on health and wellness trends and what they mean to Alberta food processors. Click this link for more information.

 Click to listen to the interview. >

Research & Technology

Decisive Farming Wins Award at TechRev Innovators 2014

At the Tech Rev 2014 awards banquet, Decisive Farming, along with 10 other awardees, were recognized as a top Calgary innovator and entrepreneurs in 2014. Decisive Farming was awarded for their Cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) to farmers called My Farm Manager that will put All of your farm. All in one place.

 Click here for further details. >

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

In this issue


Coming Events



What’s New in Ag Information




Growing Forward 2

Food & Ag Processing

Research & Technology

Coming Events

Protecting your Drinking Water
Castor, Feb 20  Details >

Getting Into Farm Direct Marketing
Camrose, Feb 19  Details >

Working Well Workshop


Producer Learning Day: Growing Forward 2, Environmental Farm Plan
Grovedale, Feb 21

Fairview, Feb 24

Eaglesham, Feb 26

High Prairie, Feb 27

Greenhouse Environmental Management: Water, Materials, Wastes and Energy Efficiency
Medicine Hat, Feb 25  Details >

8 Key Principles of Farm Financial Management
Barrhead, Feb 25  Details >

Ag Expo & the North American Seed Fair
Lethbridge, Feb 26 – 28  Details >

Honey Food Safety Workshop

  • Grande Prairie, Feb 26
  • Calgary, Mar 1
  • Lethbridge, Mar 4
  • Edmonton, Mar 8

 Details >

Farming Smarter AGM
Lethbridge, Feb 27  Details >

2014 Alberta Farm Fresh School
Olds, Feb 27 & 28  Details >

Build Effective Leadership on Your Family Farm
Camrose, Feb 27  Details >

Practical Risk Management for Hog Producers
Lethbridge, Feb 28  Details >

Growing Rural Tourism Conference
Camrose, Mar 3 – 5  Details >

How Top Producers Plan a Successful Farm Transfer
Medicine Hat, Mar 4  Details >

A Culture of Wellness
Edmonton, Mar 10  Details >

Rejuvenate Your Farm Business – Alberta Canola Producers Commission

  • Lethbridge, Mar 11
  • Nisku, Mar 12
  • Grande Prairie, Mar 13

 Details >

Alberta Invasive Species Council – First Annual Conference and AGM
Lacombe, Mar 12  Details >

2014 Bee-Ginners Beekeeping Course

  • Calgary, Mar 14 & 15
  • Edmonton, Mar 21 & 22

 Details >

AFAC Livestock Care Conference
Edmonton, Mar 26 & 27  Details >

Northlands Farm & Ranch Show
Edmonton, March 27-29  Details >

Created February 18, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

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